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Swim to Survive

Vancouver Park Board offers free drowning prevention program during National Drowning Prevention Week

This is the fourth year that the Park Board has offered this program to the public. Last year, more than 500 youth and children took the free course.

Park Board Chair Stuart Mackinnon

July 19 2019 –

The Vancouver Park Board is offering Swim to Survive during National Drowning Prevention Week.

The free drowning prevention program for children and youth is a partnership with the Lifesaving Society and Vancouver Lifeguard Association.

Swimming skills

Swim to Survive courses are being offered to 240 youth aged seven to 18:

  • Tuesday, July 23, 3:30pm-6 pm at Kitsilano Pool
  • Sunday, July 28, 11:30 am-1 pm at New Brighton Pool

“This is the fourth year that the Park Board has offered this program to the public. Last year, more than 500 youth and children took the free course,” said Park Board Chair Stuart Mackinnon. “Swim to Survive demonstrates our commitment to equip children with the skills to safely enjoy our pools and beaches.”

Be safe around water

Swim to Survive is a Lifesaving Society program offered across Canada that provides basic training in three essential skills needed to survive an unexpected fall into deep water. Swim to Survive is not a replacement for swimming lessons, but an important key step to being safe around water.

In Canada, drowning is the number one cause of unintentional injury deaths among children 1-4 years of age, and the second leading cause of preventable death for children under 10. Swim to Survive teaches water smart behaviours in time for young people to make better choices around water.

Register for Swim to Survive

Spaces fill up quickly so register now to reserve your child’s spot!